Taiwan's Chou into finals in Korea badminton tourney

Badminton star Chou Tien-chen in a previous competition.

Badminton star Chou Tien-chen in a previous competition. (CNA photo)

Taiwan's Chou Tien-chen (周天成) defeated compatriot Wang Tzu-wei (王子維) Saturday to advance to the finals of the men's singles at the Korea Open 2019 badminton tournament in Incheon.

The second-seeded Chou, who is currently world No. 2 in men's singles, defeated world No. 25 Wang 12-21, 21-13, 21-11 in a match that took one hour and four minutes.

After losing the first game to Wang, Chou raised his play to display an excellent net game and dominated both the second and third games.

Chou won 54 rallies out of the 99 played, while Wang won 45.
In the finals, Chou will face the winner between first-seeded world No. 1 Kento Momoto of Japan and world No. 30 Kashyap Parupalli of India.

In mid-July, Chou scored one of the biggest victories of his career when he won the Blibli Indonesia Open, a top-tier BWF Super 1000 event, followed by a BWF Super 500 event in Thailand in August.

The Taiwanese shuttler also caused a local sensation when he clinched the men's singles title at the Yonex Chinese Taipei Open 2019, a slightly lower-tier BWF Super 300 event held earlier this month.

Meanwhile, Taiwan's world No. 1 in women's singles Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) proved no match for world No. 6 Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand and was defeated in straight games 19-21, 11-21 in a semi-final match that lasted 32 minutes.

The Korea Open 2019, a BWF Super 500 event, opened Tuesday at Incheon Airport Skydome and will run until Sunday. The tournament carries a total purse of US$400,000. (By William Yen)